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Five Great John Hughes Moments

As Ferris Bueller in Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Matthew Broderick was one of John Hughes' many flawed but very human high-school students. The Kobal Collection hide caption

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UPDATE: If you haven't yet read this great story about John Hughes that's been kicking around Facebook and Twitter all day, I highly recommend it.

John Hughes never won an Oscar. He really never won awards at all. He made mainstream, popular entertainment. But for a period of time in the late 1980s, he made a series of movies, mostly about teenagers, that people still watch, still love, and still quote. And those movies have never really been replaced, because the guy knew something. These five moments are the best explanation I have of what it is he knew.

1. "Never had one lesson." There are many more famous moments in Ferris Bueller's Day Off, but none is as important as Ferris (Matthew Broderick) squeaking incompetently away on a clarinet shortly after getting rid of his parents for the day, then leaning forward and declaring — in the fourth-wall-breaking style of the film — "Never had one lesson!"

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